The purpose of this blog is not to provide the latest breaking Dodger news – lots of other blogs do a great job of this. This is just a safe place to talk about it.
Here are today’s best Spring Training New Links:
TrueBlueLA.com – lots of Dodger news here.
For those who don’t like the fact that the Dodgers signed Chase Utley, there is this:
The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, on the return of Chase Utley: “Everybody talks about the intangibles, but I really mean it, regardless of how he plays, just what he does here in the clubhouse is the best I have ever been around.”
Now, what do you haters have to say?
Andy McCullough of THE LA TIMES says this about the rotation:
The first three members of the rotation are Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda. The last two spots will be decided between Julio Urias, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Alex Wood, Ross Stripling, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brock Stewart.
We will handle Urias with a little more depth in the next question, but I suspect he will start the year in extended spring training. Ryu is a health risk, and it is unclear if he’ll even be ready at the start of the spring. Wood has utility out of the bullpen. Both Stripling and Stewart have minor-league options, which means they can be stashed in the triple-A Oklahoma City rotation until needed.
Which clears the floor for Kazmir and McCarthy. Each man has hurdles to clear. Kazmir needs to show his back and neck issues from 2016 have passed. McCarthy has to prove he can still throw strikes, a skill that eluded him after he returned from Tommy John surgery in the summer. If both can accomplish their goals, they’re likely to start the year in the rotation. That keeps the team’s depth intact, avoids expending Urias’ innings early in the season and keeps options open for later in the season.
Things are getting underway today, so have at it – you have the floor… and by the way, if you have any suggestions on other links, please share them with us.